by Chaya GoldmanKotel
Translated from Hebrew by Yitschok Tzvi Margareten
My father Mr. Yeshayahu Mayer Kotel was a known name in Mizocz and the vicinity. As a well doing and honest businessman whose business dealing were exceeded the town borders and went till the capital city Warsaw and even past the country borders. He was also accepted by the government and was liked and honored not only by Jews but also by the peasants in the vicinity.
|The Kotel Family|
Our house was open to all. Paupers who went begging at doors ate there to satiation. Needy received support and loans. And for a poor bride, our house took care of from bringing her to the wedding till creating a livelihood for her husband. My mother of blessed memory and we the children helped with giving charity and support to the needy.
Despite his many businesses, father was integrated in community work and gave much of his time for community needs. He was the Gabbai in the Shul of the Trisk Chassidim and a great activist in the founding fund. He worried for the traditional and religious education and head of the Trisk Chassidim. The Trisk Rebbe, when he came to our town, he was always hosted by us.
The biggest and nicest room in our home was given over to him and the whole house became public property for the chassidim. During the days of the Rebbe's stay in Mizocz, became a holiday for the chassidim. Our home what then full of song and joy. The meals continued unabated and Torah and chassidic songs filled the house.
The meal on Shabbat eve, was especially joyful and combined with chassidic dancing with the Rebbe's participation. Father used to take off his shoes, and dance on the tables with white socks till exhaustion. His children went in his ways. We were all raised in a traditional religious spirit and we were connected to the Zionist movement.
With the destruction of Mizocz, our house and our family fate was destructed as too as the fate of all martyrs. Should the memory of my family members be blessed and bound in everlasting life.
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